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VNUNet: Open Source Community on the March

Aug 14, 2002, 02:00 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by James Middleton)

"On Thursday, open source advocates will leave the conference en masse and march on City Hall in San Francisco to deliver a proposal 'that is, for once, aware of free software and open source software'. Similar marches for software freedom will take place in the UK, Peru, Germany, New Zealand and Finland.

"Backed by major players such as Red Hat, the disparate open source movement will lobby for proposed US legislation known as the Digital Software Security Act (DSSA) to 'protect its future and the future disposition of public domain, free and open software'.

"Red Hat cited a number of pieces of existing and proposed legislation 'that are dangerous to free software, to open source, to civil liberties and to programming freedom'.

"Among those named were the Security Systems Standards and Certification Act (SSSCA), the Uniform Computer Information Transaction Act (UCITA) and open source nemesis the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA)..."

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